Game Developers Choice Online Awards Finalists Announced

This year's finalists for the Game Developers Choice Online Awards have been announced, with winners to be announced during GDC Online 11 in Austin, Texas from October 10 – 13. The awards ceremony takes place on the evening of October 12. The finalists were chosen from a large selection of nominees by a committee of 400 industry professionals. Only online games that launched in North America during the last 12 months were eligible.

Three Rings Design's Spiral Knights received the most nominations in four different categories. 6waves Lolapps' Ravenwood Fair, Zynga's Frontierville and Trion Worlds' Rift received three nominations each. The full list of finalists in various categories can be found below.

Best Online Visual Arts
DC Universe Online (Sony Online Entertainment)
Rift (Trion Worlds)
Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
Dragons Of Atlantis (Kabam)
Vindictus (devCAT/Nexon)

Best Social Network Game
CityVille (Zynga)
Gardens Of Time (Playdom)
Dragons Of Atlantis (Kabam)
FrontierVille (Zynga)
Ravenwood Fair (Lolapps)

Best Online Game Design
Ravenwood Fair (Lolapps)
Pocket Frogs (NimbleBit)
Zuma Blitz (Popcap)
Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
FrontierVille (Zynga)

Online Innovation
Dragon Age Legends (EA2D)
Shadow Cities (Grey Area)
Empire Avenue (Empire Avenue)
Pocket Frogs (NimbleBit)
Zombie Lane (Digital Chocolate)

Best Online Technology
World of Tanks (Wargaming)
CityVille (Zynga)
DC Universe Online (Sony Online Entertainment)
Rift (Trion Worlds)
Lego Universe Online (The LEGO Group/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Best Community Relations
Wizard101 (KingsIsle Entertainment)
World of Tanks (Wargaming)
Minecraft (Mojang)
EA Sports FIFA Superstars (Playfish/EA)
World Of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Audio For An Online Game
Clone Wars Adventures (Sony Online Entertainment)
Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
Ravenwood Fair (Lolapps)
FrontierVille (Zynga)
Dragon Age Legends (EA2D)

Best New Online Game
Rift (Trion Worlds)
Gardens Of Time (Playdom)
Vindictus (devCAT/Nexon)
Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
Monster Galaxy (Gaia Online)

Best Live Game
Wizard101 (KingsIsle Entertainment)
Moshi Monsters (Mind Candy)
League Of Legends (Riot Games)
World Of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
Minecraft (Mojang)

Source: GI.Biz

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